Make lifestyle changes to beat old age stress, says psychologist

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 17:20 hrs

Kolkata, Jan 4 (IANS) With the elderly population pegged to increase four-fold in the next 40 years, life-style based changes are necessary to combat stress in old age, according to an eminent psychologist.

"Growing older cannot be prevented... however, some of the effects of ageing like stress can be slowed down and even prevented by various activities, including life-style based changes," G.P. Thakur, president of Indian School Psychology Association, said at the 100th Indian Science Congress here Friday.

According to Thakur, life-style based changes like creating personal space, making time for rest and relaxation, getting enough sleep and anger management are some of the changes the senior citizens need to make to beat stress.

"Enhancing self-esteem is an important step in old age as it builds an optimistic attitude, keeps one motivated and opens up new opportunities and challenges," said Thakur, who is also the chairman of Manjushree Mental Health Care and Cure Society, Delhi.

According to the expert, the goal should be to maintain function, vitality and quality of life in old age.

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